Dollar Hits Multi-Month Highs as US Econ Seen Improving

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Kosaku Narioka The dollar rose against other major currencies on Wednesday in Asia following strong U.S. housing data and as geopolitical tensions eased in Eastern Europe. The greenback hit a four-month high against the yen and the British pound ...

Malaysia July CPI +3.2% on Year; Slightly Below Expectations

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Jason Ng KUALA LUMPUR--Malaysia's consumer price index--the country's main gauge of inflation--rose 3.2% in July from a year earlier, mainly due to costlier food and non-alcoholic beverages and higher prices of non-food items, official data showed Wednesday. The index ...

Standard Chartered Arm to Buy 9.8% of Topaz Energy for $75 Million

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Nicolas Parasie DUBAI--Dubai-based Topaz Energy and Marine said Wednesday that Standard Chartered PLC's (2888.HK) private equity arm has acquired a 9.8% stake for $75 million to help fund the expansion plans of the offshore services company. Topaz said the ...

U.K. Manufacturers Expect Strong Growth Next Quarter - CBI

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Jon Sindreu LONDON--British manufacturers expect output to rebound in the next three months after a sluggish second quarter, despite weakness in exports, data from the Confederation of British Industry showed on Wednesday. Forty-two percent of manufacturers surveyed by the ...

Oil Prices Rise Ahead of Inventory Data

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Nicole Friedman Oil prices rose off multi-month lows Wednesday ahead of weekly data expected to show that crude-oil supplies fell last week. Light, sweet oil for September delivery traded up 79 cents, or 0.8%, to $95.27 a barrel on ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Dip Ahead Of Fed Minutes

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures pushed south on Wednesday amid some concerns the rally could be running out of some steam, though no big action was expected ahead of the minutes of the latest Federal ...

MARKET SNAPSHOT: U.S. Stocks: Futures Dip Ahead Of Fed Minutes

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Barbara Kollmeyer, MarketWatch MADRID (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock futures pushed south on Wednesday amid some concerns the rally could be running out of some steam, though no big action was expected ahead of the minutes of the latest Federal ...

Australia's Central Bank Keeps Currency Intervention as Option

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By James Glynn SYDNEY--Australia's central bank Gov. Glenn Stevens said intervention in currency markets to help drive the Aussie dollar lower remained a real option. Speaking to a parliamentary committee Wednesday, Mr. Stevens also said that the chance of a ...

France's Hollande Calls for Conference on Iraq -- Report

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Inti Landauro PARIS--French President Francois Hollande is seeking a conference with "partners" to discuss the situation in Iraq and the threat created in the region by the jihadist group that calls itself the Islamic State, according to remarks published ...

Canada Wholesale Trade Rises 0.6% in June

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Paul Vieira OTTAWA--Wholesale sales in Canada advanced in June at a faster-than-expected pace on robust sales of agricultural supplies and building materials, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. Month-over-month wholesale trade rose 0.6% to 53.01 billion Canadian dollars ($48.44 billion). Traders ...

Polish July Industrial Output Rebounds as Exports Lead

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

WARSAW--Poland's industrial output growth was slightly faster than expected in July with export-oriented industries leading growth. Output rose by an annual rate of 2.3% in July from 1.7% in June, Poland's statistics office said Wednesday, above the 2.1% forecast in ...

Geopolitical Tensions Cloud Outlook For Swiss Industry

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

By Neil MacLucas ZURICH--The conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East are likely to crimp economic growth in Europe's large economies, and in turn weigh on demand for Swiss industrial goods through the rest of the year, an industry lobby ...

BOE Officials Break Ranks on Rates

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

LONDON---Two officials at the Bank of England pushed for an immediate rise in interest rates in August, minutes published Wednesday showed, marking the first dissent on policy faced by Gov. Mark Carney since he took office in July 2013. The ...

German PPI Decreases on Month

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

FRANKFURT--Factory-gate prices in Germany fell more than expected in July as energy prices continued to depress the index, suggesting further downside risks to the inflation outlook, data from the country's statistics office showed Wednesday. The producer price index decreased by ...

Germany Factory-Gate Prices Fall More Than Expected in July

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

FRANKFURT--Factory-gate prices in Germany fell more than expected in July as energy prices continued to depress the index, suggesting further downside risks to the inflation outlook, data from the country's statistics office showed Wednesday. The producer price index decreased by ...

Existing Home Sales Seen Down 0.8% -- Data Week Ahead

TODAY: Aug. 20, 2014 PUB DATE: Aug. 20, 2014

The following are forecasts for this week's remaining data from a survey compiled the previous Friday and the past Monday. DATE TIME RELEASE PERIOD CONSENSUS PREVIOUS (ET) Thursday 0830 Jobless Claims Aug 16 302K (21) 311K 0945 Markit "Flash" Mfg ...